How Bayer’s Bug-Killer Got Hitched to Monsanto’s Weed-Killer

  Adventures Down the Rabbit Hole It was a spectacular June affair. Monsanto was Matron of Honor for Roundup (Lizzie Borden of Weed-Killers), and Bayer was Best Man for Neonics (Godfather of Bug-Killers). The Department of Justice was Justice of the Peace. Half the world — the European Union, Brazil, India, Canada and China — … Continue reading How Bayer’s Bug-Killer Got Hitched to Monsanto’s Weed-Killer

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The EU bans neonics. What will the US do?

  You may have heard the news yesterday that the EU has voted to ban neonics (neonicotinoids) in Europe, putting a more permanent stamp on the temporary ban that had been in place since 2013. Meanwhile, in the US, the use of neonics has increased to a point where a large percentage of several major … Continue reading The EU bans neonics. What will the US do?

Syngenta puts researcher in a straitjacket of their “truth” about pesticide ecotoxicology

With corporate funding of research, “There’s no scientist who comes out of this unscathed.” EXETER, England — The bee findings were not what Syngenta expected to hear. The pesticide giant had commissioned James Cresswell, an expert in flowers and bees at the University of Exeter in England, to study why many of the world’s bee … Continue reading Syngenta puts researcher in a straitjacket of their “truth” about pesticide ecotoxicology

Pollutants from Agriculture a Serious Threat to World’s Water

  Human Wrongs Watch New report paints a worrying picture, provides recommendations on what can be done. Water pollution from agriculture affects billions of people and generates annual costs exceeding billions of dollars. Photo from FAO. . ROME, 20 June 2018 (FAO)* –– Water pollution from unsustainable agricultural practices poses a serious risk to human … Continue reading Pollutants from Agriculture a Serious Threat to World’s Water

U.S. Appeals Court Orders EPA to Ban Pesticide Said to Harm Children

  Jonathan Stempel wrote . . . . . . . . . A divided federal appeals court on Thursday ordered the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to ban a widely-used pesticide that critics say can endanger children and farmers. The 2-1 decision by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Seattle overturned former EPA … Continue reading U.S. Appeals Court Orders EPA to Ban Pesticide Said to Harm Children

Union Carbide’s Toxic Gas Release in Bhopal

"The Union Carbide pesticide factory released a huge cloud of toxic gases that drifted straight into the densely populated heart of the old city of Bhopal...when it reached the communities it caused utter devastation with bodies flailing in its wake." On the night of December 2nd, 1984, a Union Carbide plant in Bhopal, India, began … Continue reading Union Carbide’s Toxic Gas Release in Bhopal